SANTA CRUZ - On Monday, opening statements began in the trial of gang member Albaro Amaral, 31, who is charged with the shooting death of 27-year-old Kevin Medina-Lopez.
The victim’s bullet-riddled body was discovered alongside Laurel Road on June 14, 2020.
The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported:
On the day Medina-Lopez was killed, he allegedly was driving around Santa Cruz County for several hours with Amaral, known as “Downer,” and the prosecution’s primary eyewitnesses, Sympson said. The group, including two female witnesses with their own checkered histories, was involved in what Sympson described as a “small-time crime spree” primarily revolving around theft and mail fraud. In addition to Medina-Lopez’s death, Amaral also has been charged with the attempted murder of both women, all crimes to which he has pleaded not guilty.
Amaral is a known Sureño gang member, with a long criminal history.
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